Indiana Heads to Fossum/Spartan Invitational
April 19, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Following a championship and a runner-up finish in its last two tournaments, the Indiana men's golf team will travel to the Fossum/Spartan Invitational on Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23, in East Lansing, Mich. The event will be hosted by Michigan State and played at the Forest Akers West Golf Course. Forest Akers West is set up as a par 72 with a yardage of 7,013.
The event consists of three rounds, 36 holes played on Saturday and the final 18 holes taking place on Sunday. Ten teams will join No. 51 Indiana and No. 60 Michigan State in this loaded field, including Big Ten rivals No. 29 Northwestern, No. 33 Minnesota, No. 56 Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Wisconsin. Additionally, No. 38 Xavier, No. 48 Denver, Ball State and Toledo will participate in the event.
Tournament play begins Saturday with a shotgun first-round start at 9 a.m. EDT. The second 18 opens with a shotgun start following the completion of round one. On Sunday, the final round commences with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
This is the 39th year of the event, and the Hoosiers captured the team title in 2004. Last season, IU claimed sixth as former Hoosier and current PGA Tour member Jeff Overton earned medalist honors for the second straight year, sharing the title with Minnesota's Ben Greve. IU also won the championship in 1969.
Campillo (72.21 avg.), Allenspach (73.76) and Quirarte (73.97) have played in all 10 of the Hoosiers' events this season and own the top-three averages on the team, respectively. Brandon (74.43) has seen action in eight tournaments, while Marek (77.22) will make his fourth appearance.
Last Time Out
Despite IU shooting the third-lowest round in the field, NU answered with the only sub-300 round. The Hoosiers also placed second amongst the nine Big Ten teams in the field and finished 21 strokes ahead of third-place Xavier.
Brandon and Northwestern standout Kyle Moore (68-73-74) entered the final round even and remained that way after the final 18 holes. However, Moore won the playoff between the two with a par on the second hole. Brandon closed with a final-round 74 and ended the tournament at 215, a new career low and garnered the best finish of his career. Campillo Rolls to Victory
Freshman Jorge Campillo joined exclusive company at the Boilermaker Invitational (April 8-9). The Caceres, Spain native collected his first career title by eight strokes to become the first Hoosier to win a tournament since Jeff Overton claimed medalist honors at the 2005 Big Ten Championships (May 6-8). What is even more impressive is he became the first true freshman to win an event since current assistant coach Josh Brewer was victorious at the 1995 Legends Intercollegiate.
Brandon Shares First
Despite losing out on sole possession of the title in the playoff, it goes down as a share of first place for Brandon. The Dalton, Ga., native joins Campillo and current Hoosier assistant coach Josh Brewer as the only true freshmen to claim first place in the program's history.
Freshman Record In Jeopardy
If not for Campillo, freshmen Drew Allenspach and Seth Brandon would be battling to see who would set the new freshman mark. Allenspach is second on the team with a 73.76, while Brandon sits fourth at 74.43.
Freshmen Sit In Second
Allenspach = Mr. Consistent
He responded with a tie for 18th at the Kepler Intercollegiate (April 15-16), capturing his eighth top 25 in 10 events this year
Back In The Winner's Circle
IU finished the tournament at 882 (301-287-294), finishing 14 shots better than second-place Purdue (310-288-298) and 18 strokes ahead of third-place Notre Dame (307-300-293). The win marked the seventh title for the Hoosiers in head coach Mike Mayer's eight-year tenure.
Campillo Big Ten Golfer X 3
The Caceres, Spain native claimed his second straight top-10 finish at the Orange County National Invitational on March 4-5 to net his second league accolade. Campillo closed the tournament with a 212 (70-68-74), just four shots behind the tri-medalists.
In his first outing of the spring, Campillo led the Hoosiers to a second-place showing at the Club de Golf Santa Anita/North Texas Classic in Guadalajara, Mexico on Feb. 19-20 for his first Big Ten honor.
Marek Making His Mark
Quirarte's finish was his first top five this season, the second of his career and matched his best career placing (fourth place at the 2005 Pioneer Classic).
On the season, Quirarte is third on the team with a 73.97 average.
An International Flavor
Martin Signs NLI
Martin, who is currently ranked the top junior golfer in Ohio by Junior Golf Scoreboard, led his team to consecutive third-place finishes at state and had the team ranked No. 1 in the city the entire 2005 season, which concluded in October.
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